Board Chair Shares Advice with Forman Scholars
Earlier this summer, at our annual Forman Scholars Celebration Dinner, our Board Chair Jean Blauvelt made a speech in which she shared some advice from our Board of Trustees with the students in attendance. Below is an excerpt of the advice she passed along, which we hope will be inspiring for all Salem's students.
Some of you may have heard of Will Rogers. He once said, 'Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.'
Several pieces of advice center on what Will Rogers said. You cannot just sit there. Be sure, and show up. In life, no matter what you are facing — an especially tough professor, a financial need, loss of a loved one, or anything in between — half the battle is just showing up.
Don’t count yourself out even if everyone else has. You are on the verge of the most epic adventure — it will help shape you, mold you, and prepare you for what promises to be an incredible future.
As you step into the next chapter of your lives, dress up, show up, and don’t quit!
And while you are showing up, be open to the possibilities of new challenges now and throughout your life. In order to meet your potential embrace opportunities even if the opportunity falls outside your comfort zone. Change is inevitable! Be brave and venture on!
And while you are embarking on all these adventures, please be proud of yourselves, your accomplishments, and your school. The mother of one our board member’ graduated more than 75 years ago from Salem High School, and she was immensely proud of the school and of Salem. We hope all of you will still be proud 75 years from now!
Please remember, dear scholars, to have courage. Courage comes from a belief in ourselves. A belief that we are capable, lovable human beings who will eventually succeed.
Will you make mistakes along the way? Of course you will. We all do! Mistakes are for learning. Some mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is called 'Experience.' Experience often leads us to success.
In addition to courage, I personally believe that my best advice to you would be this: be kind.
The writer Henry James said that three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.
Being kind is the most important thing I've ever been taught. More important than ambition or success is being kind to people. I sincerely believe that being kind and having courage will lead you to much fulfillment and happiness as you achieve success.